The Best Football Players Ever Football Players (American)
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The Best Football Players Ever

List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 631
    Down 230

    the people's #1
    Jerry Rice

    1962 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 558
    Down 226

    most listed
    Joe Montana

    1956 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 524
    Down 195
    1954 More
    99
  4. 4
    Up 566
    Down 165

    ranked low on reranks
    Barry Sanders

    1968 More
    98
  5. 5
    Up 366
    Down 171
    1959 More
    88
  6. 6
    Up 356
    Down 192
    1936 More
    87
  7. 7
    Up 484
    Down 285
    1976 More
    86
  8. 8
    Up 298
    Down 187
    1960 More
    82
  9. 9
    Up 264
    Down 140
    1961 More
    81
  10. 10
    Up 277
    Down 165
    1961 More
    81
  11. 11
    Up 231
    Down 162

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Johnny Unitas

    1933 More
    80
  12. 12
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    Down 228
    1977 More
    80
  13. 13
    Up 279
    Down 138
    1969 More
    80
  14. 14
    Up 237
    Down 115
    1946 More
    79
  15. 15
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    Down 149
    1975 More
    77
  16. 16
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    Down 134
    1942 More
    77
  17. 17
    Up 257
    Down 146
    1969 More
    77
  18. 18
    Up 197
    Down 99
    1959 More
    75
  19. 19
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    Down 106

    ranked low on reranks
    Deion Sanders

    1967 More
    74
  20. 20
    Up 162
    Down 110
    1921 More
    73
  21. 21
    Up 190
    Down 107
    1948 More
    72
  22. 22
    Up 141
    Down 61
    1960 More
    72
  23. 23
    Up 134
    Down 89

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bart Starr

    1934 More
    71
  24. 24
    Up 148
    Down 88
    1938 More
    71
  25. 25
    Up 189
    Down 118
    1976 More
    71
  26. 26
    Up 178
    Down 88
    1961 More
    71
  27. 27
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    Down 85

    ranked low on reranks
    Adrian Peterson

    1985 More
    70
  28. 28
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    Down 88

    ranked low on reranks
    Randy Moss

    1977 More
    69
  29. 29
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    Down 83
    1914 More
    68
  30. 30
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    Down 98

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mike Singletary

    1958 More
    68
  31. 31
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    Down 77
    1952 More
    67
  32. 32
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    Down 69
    1973 More
    66
  33. 33
    Up 140
    Down 74
    1955 More
    66
  34. 34
    Up 123
    Down 64
    1965 More
    66
  35. 35
    Up 127
    Down 83
    1943 More
    65
  36. 36
    Up 108
    Down 68
    1927 More
    65
  37. 37
    Up 132
    Down 86
    1966 More
    65
  38. 38
    Up 138
    Down 76
    1939 More
    65
  39. 39
    Up 104
    Down 81
    1963 More
    65
  40. 40
    Up 93
    Down 76
    1913 More
    61
  41. 41
    Up 89
    Down 62
    1942 More
    60
  42. 42
    Up 57
    Down 31
    1978 More
    60
  43. 43
    Up 105
    Down 75
    1936 More
    60
  44. 44
    Up 66
    Down 70

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Raymond Berry

    1933 More
    60
  45. 45
    Up 73
    Down 53
    1945 More
    59
  46. 46
    Up 85
    Down 62
    1945 More
    59
  47. 47
    Up 61
    Down 59

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    John Hannah

    1951 More
    58
  48. 48
    Up 97
    Down 49

    ranked low on reranks
    Jack Ham

    1948 More
    58
  49. 49
    Up 110
    Down 72
    1952 More
    58
  50. 50
    Up 80
    Down 80
    1925 More
    58
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